05/06/14 8:32pm
05/06/2014 8:32 PM
Riverhead's Marcus Moore hands the baton to Davion Porter for the final leg of the 4 x 400 relay Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Marcus Moore hands the baton to Davion Porter for the final leg of the 4 x 400 relay Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

REDMEN 72, BLUE WAVES 64

As Davion Porter crossed the finish line, an agonizing split second shy of victory, the Riverhead senior collapsed onto the track at East Islip High School. All around him, members of East Islip’s track & field team raced to congratulate their teammate, junior Zach Acocella.

Down the final stretch of the 4 x 400 relay Tuesday afternoon, Porter and Acocella were dead even. At stake was the League IV title.  (more…)

04/29/14 8:00pm
04/29/2014 8:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River eighth-grader Katharine Lee races toward the finish line in the 400-meter race. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River eighth-grader Katharine Lee races toward the finish line in the 400-meter race. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Before the start of Shoreham-Wading River’s final dual meet Tuesday, coach Paul Koretzki knew his team would face an up-hill climb to defeat Bayport-Blue Point.

Both teams came into the meet undefeated, leaving the League VII title up for grabs.  (more…)

04/08/14 8:23pm
04/08/2014 8:23 PM
Shoreham-Wading River runners (from left) Ryan Udvadia, Connor McAlary, Keith Steinbrecher and Michael Godfrey cross the finish line in the 1,600 Tuesday against John Glenn.

Shoreham-Wading River runners (from left) Ryan Udvadia, Ryan Groskopf, Keith Steinbrecher and Connor McAlary cross the finish line in the 1,600 Tuesday against John Glenn. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Max Maritato has his college choices narrowed down to two schools: Rochester Institute of Technology and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Not all that surprisingly, he happens to be the school’s valedictorian, which puts him in good company on the track.  (more…)

04/08/14 3:00pm
McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron won four events in a dual meet against Ross Monday, including the 400-hurdles. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron won four events in a dual meet against Ross Monday, including the 400-hurdles. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

In both hurdle races in track and field, a runner must clear 10 hurdles to complete each race. The shorter race, the 110-meter hurdles, and the longer 400 may seem quite similar.

As Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Luis Cintron knows, conquering both races presents a unique challenge.  (more…)

03/19/14 10:00am
03/19/2014 10:00 AM
Riverhead junior Jacob Robinson running at the Long Island Elite Track Invitational earlier this year. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk photo, file)

Riverhead junior Jacob Robinson running at the Long Island Elite Track Invitational earlier this year. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk photo, file)

Riverhead High School coach Steve Gevinski is pretty hopeful entering the spring boys track and field season. The Blue Waves can be good. In fact, they can be very good.

“I’m very optimistic,” he said. “I think this could be a great season. We’re a very balanced team. … If things go the right way we can possibly win our league.  (more…)

02/13/14 7:00pm
02/13/2014 7:00 PM

Sasa Vann. (Buffalo State Athletics photo)

Sasa Vann, a former Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School athlete, highlighted four school-record-setting performances by Buffalo State as the Bengals competed against one of the premier fields in the Northeast with competitors from all divisions at the recent Boston University Valentine Invitational.

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02/07/14 1:00pm
02/07/2014 1:00 PM

Riverhead’s Ashley Courts is seeded eighth in the long jump for the state qualifying meet Saturday. (Daniel De Mato photo)

The indoor track and field state qualifier will take place Saturday at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. In individual events, the top two finishers earn a trip to states. A third-place finisher can earn a spot by holding a qualifying standard. In relays, only the winning team qualifies. (more…)

02/06/14 4:11pm
02/06/2014 4:11 PM
DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia was first in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600 Saturday at the Small School County Championship.

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia was first in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600 Saturday at the Small School County Championship.

There won’t be much of an offseason for Ryan Udvadia when he arrives at college next fall.

The standout distance runner from Shoreham-Wading River signed a National Letter of Intent this week to attend High Point University in North Carolina. He plans to compete in cross country, indoor and outdoor track — the running trifecta.

“I’m pretty sure I can handle it,” Udvadia said after a signing ceremony in the school library Thursday. “I just got to keep up my school work. I’m looking forward to it.”

Udvadia is the latest in a long line of talented distance runners to come through the Shoreham program. He’s excelled in all three seasons, most recently winning the 3,200-meter race Saturday at the Small School County Championship. He’ll compete this weekend at the Section XI State Qualifier, where he’ll look to earn a trip to states for the second straight year in both the 3,200 and 1,600.

Udvadia said the college search turned out to be easier than he expected.

“Luckily I found this school and started talking to them in early July,” he said. “It all worked out really well.”

DePaul University was another school he had been looking at before deciding on High Point. The process of searching for a school picked up intensity toward the end of last school year, Udvadia said. He fielded emails and filled out questionnaires before the recruitment from coaches picked up in July.

“They would send me messages on Facebook with their email,” he said.

A nearby Long Islander currently competes for High Point. Adam DeVito of Miller Place competes in jumping events for the High Point track team.

The cross country portion of the college season will represent a new challenge for Udvadia. Most races are 8K, as opposed to 5K in high school.

“It’s going to be harder training,” he said. “I’ll be prepared for it.”

joew@timesreview.com